My Review: Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

My Review:  Gentleman Nine by Penelope WardGentleman Nine by Penelope Ward
Publication Date: February 19, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romance
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Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men. One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings. Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity. Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message. She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

My Review

Gentleman Nine by Author Penelope Ward is a friends-to-lovers novel.

“Whenever we were in the same room, I could feel myself getting turned on from just thinking about the prospect of getting to have sex with her. The fact that she somehow felt it was wrong, made me want it even more. The more forbidden, the sweeter the fruit.”

Channing, Amber, and Rory grew up together.  Thick as thieves.  In it for the long haul.  They were never supposed to have feelings for each other.  They were never supposed to cross the friend line.

“…He got the girl in the end. He played the game better than me. And you fell in love with him. He won.”

What I thought would be a flirty and risqué read turned out to be this really sweet and sexy story of sentimental love.  True to Penelope Ward fashion, Gentleman Nine was fun and sizzling hot.  But, holy smokes!  There was so much more to this story than I presumed.  A slow burn to extreme angst, when the extra spice was added, I could not stop my eyes from devouring this novel.   Channing and Amber were two of the most lovable characters, and their story made me feel so good.  I loved every part, even the not so happy, because it brought two characters together that deserved the best happily ever after.

“You sleigh me.”


4 Stars

About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is the author of Stepbrother Dearest, which spent four consecutive weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Other works include, Jake Undone, My Skylar, Jake Understood, Gemini and the upcoming Sins of Sevin due out in the fall of 2015.

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